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Julia Child donated her kitchen to the Smithsonian Museum of American History, November 2001. It is the #1 exhibit in the Museum. August 15, 2002 was her 100 birthday, and as part of the Smithsonian celebration, I was asked to write the following article about the disagreement Julia and I had about the image to be used for the book cover of From Julia Child's Kitchen.


Editor's Note: The Museum recently marked Julia Child’s Centennial with a special display of her kitchen. This limited engagement (through Labor Day) offers a sneak peek at a new exhibition "FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000," which opens November 20 2001. There visitors are greeted by an image of Julia smiling at them. This photo was taken in her house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1975. From Julia Child’s Kitchen was about to be published, and a cover photo for the book was needed. This image, her favorite from the shoot, is not on the cover of the book. Here is the story of what happened, in the words of the photographer Albie Walton.

Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian Museum